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CDC launches new anti-smoking ads

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently announced

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Long Island’s many existing smoking cessation programs might soon get a slew of calls from smokers attempting to quit. So they hope, at least. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recently announced a new set of anti-smoking ads -- several more in the style of  “Tips from a Former Smoker” -- which began airing on TV and radio on Monday, as well as appearing in newspapers and magazines,...

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Doctor's Diagnosis: HPV vaccine

HPV vaccine

The response from my teenage daughter was pretty much what I expected when I announced that I was making a doctor’s appointment for her to receive yet another vaccination. “I’m not a kid anymore, I’ve had my shots, leave me alone,” she retorted. It certainly didn’t make the conversation any less awkward when I told her that it was crucial that she get the shots now, before she...

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Hangover cure as simple as a fried breakfast, researcher says

Researcher Richard Stephens says a fried breakfast may

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Opinions on how to best cure a hangover range anywhere from some "hair of the dog" to coffee to Advil and water.

But what if the best thing to get you feeling better after a few too many is just a good old-fashioned greasy breakfast?

In a recent article published by The Atlantic, researcher Richard Stephens, a member of the Alcohol Hangover Research Group and psychology professor at...

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Year of awareness: Technology levels the field for deaf-blind awareness week

Helen Keller blind-deaf awareness week brings to light

Burgon Jensen, originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, is a 22-year old who has been staying on Long Island since February.

But when she returns to her home state next month, where she’ll be attending college in the fall, Jensen will be taking a lot more with her than just memories of New York life. As a person who is deaf-blind, she’ll also carry with her invaluable skills and technologies...

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Scoliosis convention meets this weekend on LI

Dana Fauth of Fort Salonga took this self-portrait;

Curvy Girls from the United States and abroad will congregate in Hauppauge this weekend for the second biannual International Scoliosis Convention.

The convention, which starts Sunday and ends Tuesday, includes panels and presentations by doctors and other clinicians about bracing, surgery and physical therapy options for girls with scoliosis, a back condition that causes abnormal curving...

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Brain freeze: What is it and how do you get rid of it?

Hot summer days tend to bring with them

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Hot summer days tend to bring with them a spike in cases of sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. That mouthful is less dangerous than it sounds. It’s more commonly known -- and easier to pronounce -- as brain freeze.

“It’s one of the unfortunate pleasures of summer,” says Dr. Bradley J. Cohen, a neurology specialist with a focus in headaches, pain management and Botox at Neurology Medical Services...

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Study links pesticide exposure during pregnancy to autism risk in kids

Pregnant women who live within a mile of

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Pregnant women who live within a mile of spaces where commercial pesticides are applied appear to have an increased risk of having a child with autism, a new study suggests.

The risk that a child would develop autism appeared to be highest for women who lived near farms, golf courses and other public spaces that were treated with pesticides during the last three months of their pregnancies.


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Doctor's Diagnosis: Gluten intolerance

There are now millions of Americans avoiding gluten

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Years ago my good friend Tim starting experiencing a significant weight loss when he began having severe abdominal pain after meals. It took several physicians a long time to figure out the problem was that he could not tolerate gluten. At the time, this was a relatively unusual diagnosis for an adult. There was not much information available on the subject, and even the food labels were of no help....

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Medical marijuana in New York: Who will be able to use it?

This Feb. 1, 2011 file photo shows medical

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About midday Friday,  the New York Senate voted to approve a medical marijuana bill. If you’re just skimming the headlines, you might expect to start seeing people smoking joints all over New York. Not so fast. There will be no legal way to smoke marijuana, and the list of conditions that make someone eligible to use medical marijuana is brief. Early last week, the version of the law prohibited...

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Vitamin World to open new flagship store at Roosevelt Field

The new flagship location of Vitamin World at

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Long Island-based Vitamin World has re-imagined its brand and is launching a new flagship store at the Roosevelt Field mall.

The new location, which Vitamin World president Jack Krause says is 50 percent larger than its average store, will serve as the launching point for the company's rebranding and will be opening on June 21.

With 53 stores in the tri-state area and 10 stores on Long...

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